Willie has extensive experience of investigating accidents at work in preparation for defending companies prosecuted for breaches of health and safety legislation and for fatal accident inquiries.
His main area of interest is the offshore oil and gas industry and he has acted on behalf of both operators and service companies in contentious and non-contentious matters. Willie advises clients in connection with the defence of prosecutions, appeals against enforcement notices, as well as conducting the advocacy for hearings, including fatal accident inquiries. Willie also conducts general commercial litigation for clients, including debt recovery, contractual disputes and recovery of possession of properties on behalf of landlords.Willie is a member of the Health and Safety Lawyers' Association and of the Institute of Risk Management and he regularly provides in-house training for clients and organisations.Willie also provides advice to companies across a number of industries in connection with the Bribery Act 2010, in particular preparing policies and procedures for companies, as well as giving training in the requirements of the Act to board members and senior management. He has conducted a number of investigations into allegations of fraud and corrupt practices and advised clients on their reporting obligations under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
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Rachel is a senior associate who specialises in upstream oil and gas projects and general commercial contracts for the industry and has particular experience in the acquisition, disposal and operation of offshore assets.
David is a senior associate who has a wide range of general corporate and corporate finance experience and regularly advises on share and asset purchases and disposals, corporate and partnership reorganisations and commercial contracts, including joint venture agreements.
Shonagh is a senior associate in the banking team based in our Aberdeen office.